Shixi Zhao
Assistant Professor, College of Population Health, University of New Mexico

Shixi Zhao, Ph.D., CHES., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico. He also served as a co-investigator of the Community Engagement & Dissemination Core (CEDC) at the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement (TREE 1.0) Center funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dr. Zhao received his Ph.D. in health education from Texas A&M University in 2018. The goal of his research is to reduce the health disparities in genomic medicine and mental behavioral health among underserved communities by utilizing a community-based participatory research approach. Dr. Zhao has been actively involved in health research with a focus in (1) public health genomics, linking genomics to other fields of research (e.g., autism spectrum disorders [ASD], health disparities, and cancer prevention and control), and (2) community-based mental health interventions for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities.

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